Recycling and Refuse

Recycling and Organics Collection

Effective January 1, 2017, Pleasanton businesses that generate significant* quantities of organics and all multi-family properties with five or more units will be required to provide adequate onsite collection service for compostable materials (organics), under Alameda County Waste Management Authority’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance. This includes food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant debris.

*For a definition of significant quantities, as well as available services and support materials, please visit or call 510-891-6575 to leave a message for a callback.

In addition, all businesses and multi-family properties (5+ units) must provide adequate onsite collection service for 
recyclable materials, including businesses with less than 4 cubic yards of weekly garbage service. For larger business generators and m
ulti-family properties, the recycling requirement has been in effect since March 2013.

 View our Commercial Recycling Brochure.

To set up recycling and/or organics collection service, contact Pleasanton Garbage Service:, Tel. (925) 846-2042

To make separating food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant debris easier, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority is offering free indoor green containers and lids, up to $500 per approved site. Apply online at  

Note: The “Paper Gobbler” program for businesses has been phased out now that all-in-one recycling is available for businesses. Accounts with existing paper-only recycling containers must also subscribe to mixed recycling service to be compliant with the recycling service requirements of the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance.